Communities Count updates adult smoking and obesity data.


Communities Count has recently updated its adult smoking and obesity indicators.


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From 2000 to 2017, the smoking rate among King County adults dropped almost in half – from 21% in 2000-2002 to 11% in 2015-17.  Although disparities by race, place, and sexual orientation persisted, smoking continued to decline in most groups.   


After rising from an average rate of 16% in 2000-2002 to 22% in 2008-10, obesity among King County adults held steady at 22% through 2017. The plateau was not evident in all demographic subgroups, however. In South and East Regions, the percentage of adult who were obese continued to rise over the 17-year period.  Throughout that period, adults in East Region rates were significantly less likely to be obese than those in South region.  Trends among some race/ethnicity groups followed a similar pattern: for Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, adult obesity rates continued an upward trend throughout the 17-year period, although Asians had the lowest rates in all years.


Among adults with annual income below $15,000, both obesity and smoking rates were greater than 25%.  Conversely, among adults with income greater than $75,000 a year, fewer than 1 in 5 smoked cigarettes or were obese, although the protective effect of higher income was greater for smoking than obesity (only 6% in the highest income group were smokers, while 19% were obese).